Skip to Main Content
Book Chapter

Introduction and scope of report

By
C. N. Waters
C. N. Waters
Search for other works by this author on:
Published:
January 01, 2011

Abstract

The succession of the Carboniferous System is questionably the most intensively studied part of the geological column in Britain and Ireland, and developments in this region continue to have implications on international correlation. The system is also probably the most geographically widespread, present at outcrop over much of the Midland Valley of Scotland, northern and central England, North and South Wales, SW England and much of Ireland. Significant areas of Carboniferous strata have also been identified at depth in eastern and southern England and in offshore areas of the North Sea and Irish Sea.

The initial driver for investigations was the economic importance of Carboniferous strata, with the presence of large volumes of coal, sandstone, limestone, brick clay and ironstone helping to fuel the Industrial Revolution. Much of this early work occurred long before guidance was available for best-practice in naming lithostratigraphical units. Consequently, a haphazard approach to the establishment of the hierarchy of units resulted, with numerous local nomenclatures ensuing. To a certain extent, this complexity in nomenclature hindered the regional understanding of the Carboniferous successions in Great Britain. However, during the early part of the 20th century significant developments in biostratigraphy started to allow the widespread correlation of units, not previously possible. By the time of the publication of the two Geological Society Special Reports, for the Dinantian (George et al. 1976) and Silesian (Ramsbottom et al. 1978) the biostratigraphical framework was well established and both publications were instrumental in establishing and promoting a new chronostratigraphical nomenclature upon which the current system is based.

You do not currently have access to this article.

Figures & Tables

Contents

Geological Society, London, Special Publications

A Revised Correlation of Carboniferous Rocks in the British Isles

C. N. Waters
C. N. Waters
Search for other works by this author on:
I. D. Somerville
I. D. Somerville
Search for other works by this author on:
N. S. Jones
N. S. Jones
Search for other works by this author on:
C. J. Cleal
C. J. Cleal
Search for other works by this author on:
J. D. Collinson
J. D. Collinson
Search for other works by this author on:
R. A. Waters
R. A. Waters
Search for other works by this author on:
B. M. Besly
B. M. Besly
Search for other works by this author on:
M. T. Dean
M. T. Dean
Search for other works by this author on:
M. H. Stephenson
M. H. Stephenson
Search for other works by this author on:
J. R. Davies
J. R. Davies
Search for other works by this author on:
E. C. Freshney
E. C. Freshney
Search for other works by this author on:
D. I. Jackson
D. I. Jackson
Search for other works by this author on:
W. I. Mitchell
W. I. Mitchell
Search for other works by this author on:
J. H. Powell
J. H. Powell
Search for other works by this author on:
W. J. Barclay
W. J. Barclay
Search for other works by this author on:
M. A. E. Browne
M. A. E. Browne
Search for other works by this author on:
B. E. Leveridge
B. E. Leveridge
Search for other works by this author on:
S. L. Long
S. L. Long
Search for other works by this author on:
D. McLean
D. McLean
Search for other works by this author on:
Geological Society of London
Volume
26
ISBN electronic:
9781862396944
Publication date:
January 01, 2011

GeoRef

References

Related

Citing Books via

Close Modal
This Feature Is Available To Subscribers Only

Sign In or Create an Account

Close Modal
Close Modal